Finally got the lines off and replaced the filter. Did it during lunch yesterday, my 3rd attempt. Had to remove the xfer case skid plate to get to both fuel lines. And to remove the filter I had to take the whole fuel filter holder off. What a pain in the butt. At least it's done and I didn't have to pay someone to do it.
If you ever do this make sure you have plenty of rags or paper towel handy for the gas that's gonna spill out. Also make sure you relieve the pressure first and disconnect the negative battery terminal. I relieved the pressure by disconnecting the fuel cutoff switch (inside the passenger kick panel) which shuts of the fuel pump, and running the engine till it stops.
'97 F150 XLT Born 8/96
SC SB SS 4x4 4.6L Auto, 3.55, 4 wheel ABS, elec. 4WD shift, OEM fog lights, factory in-dash CD, Boston Acoustic speakers, 16in polished alum. wheels, 265/75/R16 GoodYear Wrangler RT/S, K&N Filter, bed mat, Dark Torreador Red Metallic exterior/gray interior, 60K Miles